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  • Summary: After a long absence abroad, a young Asian American woman, Raffi Tang is called home when her estranged mother is murdered. She becomes increasingly drawn into a web of deception and incompetence while at the same time dealing with her own grief. The ultimate betrayal
    leads to her
    After a long absence abroad, a young Asian American woman, Raffi Tang is called home when her estranged mother is murdered. She becomes increasingly drawn into a web of deception and incompetence while at the same time dealing with her own grief. The ultimate betrayal
    leads to her confronting truths in her family that have been hidden for far too long. The American dream can come at too high a price. (Avalon Films)
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  1. Reviewed by: Michelle Orange
    Mar 15, 2011
    50
    Despite its ambitious combination of murder mystery and cautionary immigration tale, Motherland doesn't quite hold together, lacking both the fuel to reach a rolling, procedural boil and the intimacy to simmer with emotion.
  2. Reviewed by: Frank Scheck
    Mar 17, 2011
    50
    Part murder mystery, part dysfunctional family drama and part meditation on the elusiveness of the American dream, Motherland doesn't fully succeed on any of its levels.
  3. Reviewed by: Walter Addiego
    Aug 25, 2011
    50
    Filmmaker Doris Yeung tries to mix a whodunit with a story of explosive family dynamics, but the effort succumbs to a weak script and a one-note lead performance.
  4. Reviewed by: Ronnie Scheib
    Mar 19, 2011
    40
    Lacks focus, stumbling from one emotionally fraught stopping place to another but arousing less and less curiosity along the way.